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Pronouns, Names, and Gender Inclusivity in the Classroom– Names and inclusive language are an essential piece to mattering within any environment. Shepherd University’s non-discrimination policy includes gender identity and as such we encourage faculty to consider inclusive language and procedures when addressing issues of gender, gender identity, and gender expression within the classroom.

Gender Fair Language and Inclusive Pronouns – Our understanding of gender and gender identity has evolved. In the writing program, we recognize that language doesn’t just allow us to express ourselves; it structures what we think. Part of our commitment to a respectful and equitable classroom includes understanding that
everyone has a right to a preferred pronoun such as she, he, sie, xe, hir.